Bee identification
Location: Tacoma, WA
December 12, 2010 4:01 pm
I had never seen a bee collect pollen like this before? Can you please help me identify what kind of bee it is?
Signature: T Drivas

Leaf Cutting Bee

Dear T Drivas,
Your bee is a Leaf Cutting Bee in the genus
Megachile.  BugGuide also has images of Leaf Cutting Bees gathering pollen in this manner.  These wild bees are important pollinators.

Leaf Cutting Bee

Location: Washington

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